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Group creates iPhone security benchmark

The Center for Internet Security last week released a security benchmark for Apple Inc.'s iPhone that it said could help IT managers better protect data stored on the device.

The benchmark, dubbed CIS Security Configuration Benchmark for Apple iPhone, includes 20 recommendations for system settings, Safari settings and iPhone Configuration Utility settings, said a CIS spokeswoman. The benchmark also includes instructions on securely erasing data and creating strong passwords.

Blake Frantz, chief technology officer at Hershey, Pa.-based CIS, said the iPhone presents “security challenges” for enterprises. Nonetheless, some large companies, such as Kraft Foods Inc. and Oracle Corp., have widely adopted the iPhone for business use. Others, such as Bank of America Corp., have held off supporting the iPhone, citing security concerns.

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